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What air conditioner filters work best?

When it comes to keeping your HVAC system maintained, nothing is more important or easier than making sure your filters get changed out every month or two.  Dirty, neglected filters have real affects on your AC system that end up costing you more in repairs and early replacement down the road than if they were changed regularly. 



When the air filter gets dirty it becomes restrictive to airflow passing through it, so your…

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Added by David Byrnes on August 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New Mastermind Training Course by Corbett Lunsford

Chad Laibly gave me a heads up about this and I thought I'd pass it on.  He says,

There's an awesome mastermind training coming up that I thought you should know about- I went through it last year, and got a lot out of it.  In case you don't know him, Corbett Lunsford is a really fresh and innovative voice for the home performance industry, and I personally really value the training he creates.  Plus, he's a super nice guy who actually answers his own phone if you…

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Added by Teresa Coffman on August 18, 2015 at 5:03pm — No Comments

This Might Be the Most Water-Efficient Shower Head Ever Invented

Residents of California are feeling firsthand what life is like with a limited water supply as they face the current drought. But the resource crisis extends far beyond one state: according to water.org, a child dies every minute due to a water-related disease and a staggering 750 million people (or the equivalent of two and a half times the U.S. population) lack access to clean water. It’s no wonder that plumbing-fixture manufacturers are continuing to research how to make products that…

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Added by Helen Best on August 18, 2015 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Batteries are just the beginning: Tech revolution pushes storage to the front lines

Reposted from the Center for Energy and Environment's blog: http://bit.ly/1TRo7db

From Josh Quinnell, Ph.D., CEE senior research engineer:

Kids keep pennies safe in piggy banks. Milk cartons and kumquats chill in the fridge. The library catalogs all my most favorite (and least favorite) books... We all know that when you have something of value and you want to save it for later, you’ll need to…

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Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 18, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Habitat X Releases 2015 Position Statement

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Big Sky Resort, Montana -- August 14, 2015

The Habitat X Summer National Conference provides a collaborative meeting place for leaders from the energy efficiencybuilding performance, and utility industries. Each year we work in a open public process to develop a position statement that addresses…

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Added by Chris Dorsi on August 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Do You Acknowledge MERV Ratings? Read This

Numerous individuals are befuddled about the short frame MERV. To put it plainly, MERV ratings announce the proficiency of an air filters capacity to evacuate particles (toxins) from the air. This short guide goes in confined into what MERV is and what diverse MERV evaluations really mean for you and your crew.

What is MERV?

MERV is the Minimum Efficiency…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on August 12, 2015 at 2:16am — 2 Comments

not a Video - not a true photo

http://ericsenergy.com/kjelshus/

This is using still and moving camera,   Then gets stitched with software.     Tell me what you think?   On the photo that move you slow it or speed it up or go all the way around.   
Google give big points with using it.   Some say more than video.  

Added by Eric Kjelshus on August 6, 2015 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Sticky Doors

The riddle is: "How many sides does a door have?" The answer is 6, While the vertical edges may be painted, the top and bottoms may not be sealed, which is different from just painting. Most door manufacturers will not honor a warranty if this is neglected. The styles may transmit water vapor along the entire height of the door through end grain, and some side expansion of the rails may occur.

Added by David N. Armington on August 6, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Three Companies Who Are Inspiring The Green Movement

As the world becomes increasingly industrialized it is important for companies to band together to help keep the environment as healthy as can be. Greenhouse gases, harmful chemicals, and environmental carelessness are posing as a threat to the well-being of our planet. Thankfully going green is becoming much…

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Added by Taylor Tomita on August 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Registration Open for Everblue's NCBPA Conference Workshops

Have you heard about the new NATE Certified RESNET HERS Rater HVAC Performance Verifier Certification? Get it now for only $399 - no hidden fees, no extra charges. Join our 1-day pre-conference workshop in Wilmington, NC and earn the new certification!

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After joining the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), we were invited to offer two full-day workshops in advance of the 2015 NCBPA Conference in Wilmington, NC.

Our NCBPA pre-conference…

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Added by Everblue Training on August 6, 2015 at 7:23am — No Comments

Do you know your boiler is about to Blowdown! Save it!

As winters knock on the doors, the use of boilers is stretched to its extreme limit, ensuring proper warmth in the house. Thus, it is imperative that the boiler is repaired and maintained on a regular basis. This will ensure that when the winter season is at its peak, the boiler works in the perfect condition and there is no breaking down instances. This will help the residents of a house to be prepared to face harsh winters. Moreover, proper maintenance will ensure appropriate fuel bills.…

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Added by SmithWatson on August 5, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

How Going Green Will Save You Money

As going green is becoming increasingly popular, there is a sea of energy efficient opportunities an individual can take to save energy while bettering the environment. One of the greatest opportunities in going green is its ability to save you an enormous amount of money…

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Added by Taylor Tomita on August 4, 2015 at 2:14pm — No Comments

HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat…

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Added by Christopher Morin on August 3, 2015 at 10:26am — 4 Comments

Retrofitting TV and Radio Stations in Chicago

We recently shared this story on the Elevate Energy blog. Public television station WTTW is a local favorite in Chicago. Alongside our partners, we helped upgrade the lighting and energy efficiency at their production studios. Read more about the expected savings and how the improvements benefit both the station crew and audience.

Making Chicago’s WTTW and WFMT More Energy Efficient…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“If your new home was not built properly to Code, you might pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden hidden problems and improper inspections by Code officials.  At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored.”

In Australia, homeowners are starting class actions against their builders for the same type of poor workmanship…

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Added by Colin Genge on July 29, 2015 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Cost of using a BPI QCI?

I'd like to find out if there is a consensus on a rule of thumb cost of a QCI onsite for inspections. Would it be $25 -$50 per hour, $75, ....$125 per hour?

Any input would be both helpful and appreciated.

Added by Gar Swaffar on July 28, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

With record high heat/humidity come xtreme door sticking.

Living in Missouri, the combination of record high temperatures and extreme humidity are really becoming evident with all our house doors sticking. Doors we've never seen stick before. This record weather is also pointing out some deficiencies in our HVAC with condensation. (If you see water dripping, check duct work…

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Added by Don Fitchett on July 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

How to Use Landscape Architecture to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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There are two reasons why residential home owners evaluate energy efficient options. The…

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Added by Greg Hannah on July 27, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Taming the Energy Use of Gaming Computers

New report on the surprising energy appetite of gaming PCs -- More info and link to the full report here.

While not part of the building envelope or primary systems that home energy pros usually engage with, it's important to know about this increasingly…

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Added by Evan Mills on July 21, 2015 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

The Roadmap To 100% Renewable comes with a $12trn pricetag

Fossil fuels are expected to run out by 2088, so within the next 40 years, everyone will need to switch to clean energy to sustain increasing demands. Luckily one of the first countries with a plan on how renewable will materialize is the United States.

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson developed a …

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Added by Avi Yashchin on July 21, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

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